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Reading & Phonics

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Miss Christina Flahey supports Miss Wilson by leading on Phonics in the school.

Reading at Barrow Hedges Primary

At Barrow Hedges Primary School we teach reading through a variety of methods. Phonics is taught following the Phases of “Letters and Sounds”.

This programme is proven to be extremely effective in helping children to become confident and independent readers and writers by introducing letters and sounds, and teaching strategies for reading and writing words.

As part of the 'Read, Write, Inc' phonics programme each sound has a saying to help us remember the correct sound i.e. mmmmmountain; sssssssssnake (indicated in blue).

How can we support at home?

'Read, Write Inc' uses pure sounds, ('mmmm' not' muh', 'sssss' not 'suh', etc) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

The following link will take you to a 5 minute DVD clip, demonstrating how we produce our pure sounds to help during our Read Write Inc lessons.

 

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Bouncy sounds (short sounds)

As part of the 'Read, Write, Inc' phonics programme each sound has a saying to help us remember the correct sound i.e. mmmmmountain; sssssssssnake (indicated in blue below).

Make the sound as short as possible avoiding uh at the end of the sound:

- t-t-t tower (tick tongue behind the teeth - unvoiced) - Down the tower, across the tower

- p-p-p pirate (make distinctive p with lips - unvoiced) - Down the plait, up and over the pirate's face

- k-k-k kangaroo (make sharp click at back of throat) - Down the kangaroo's body, tail and leg

- c-c-c caterpillar (as above) - Curl round the caterpillar

- h-h-h horse (say h as you breathe sharply out - unvoiced) - Down the horse's head to his hooves and up over his back

ch - The caterpillar's hairs make the horse sneeze ch-ch-ch (make a short sneezing sound) - Curl round the caterpillar, then down the horse’s head, to his hooves and up over his back

- x-x-x exercise (say a sharp c and add s - unvoiced)- Cross down the arm and leg and cross the other way                                   

You might find it harder to avoid saying uh at the end of these bouncy sounds.

- d-d-d dinosaur (tap tongue behind the teeth) - Round the dinosaur's bottom, up his tall neck and down to his feet

- g-g-g girl (make soft sound in throat) - Round the girl's face, down her hair and give her a curl

- b-b-b boot (make a short, strong b with lips) - Down to the heel, up and over the toe

- j-j-j Jack-in-the-box (push lips forward) - Down his body, curl and dot

- y-y-y yak (keep edges of tongue against teeth) - Down a horn, up a horn and under the yak's head

- w-w-w worm (keep lips tightly pursed) - Down, up, down, up the worm

qu - qu-qu-qu queen (keep lips pursed as you say cw- unvoiced) - Round the queen's head, up to her crown, down her hair and curl

Stretchy sounds (long sounds)

As part of the 'Read, Write, Inc' phonics programme each sound has a saying to help us remember the correct sound i.e. mmmmmountain; sssssssssnake (indicated in blue below) and a saying to help us remember how to form the letters correctly i.e. Maisie, mountain, mountain; slither down the snake (indicated in italics below).

Try to avoid saying uh after each one:

- mmmmmmountain (keep lips pressed together hard) - Maisie, mountain, mountain

- sssssnake (keep teeth together and hiss - unvoiced) - Slither down the snake

- nnnnnnet (keep tongue behind teeth) - Down Nobby, up, over his net

- ffffflower (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out sharply - unvoiced) - Down the stem and draw the leaves

- llllleg (keep pointed curled tongue behind teeth) - Down the long leg

- rrrrrrobot (say rrr as if you are growling) - Down the robot, up and over his arm

- vvvvvvulture (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out gently) - Down a wing, up a wing

- zzzzzzip (keep teeth together and make a buzzing sound) - Zig-zag-zig

th - thhhhank you ( stick out tongue and breathe out sharply) - Down the tower, across the tower, then down the horse's head to the hooves and up over his back

sh - shhhh said the horse to the hissing snake (shhh noise as in 'be quiet!') - Slide down the snake, then down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back

ng - thinnnnngg on a strinnnngg (curl your tongue at the back of your throat) - Down nobby, up, over his net then round the girl’s face, down her hair and give her a curl

nk - I think I stink (i.e 'nk' in oink) - Down nobby, up, over his net then down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg

Vowels

As part of the 'Read, Write, Inc' phonics programme each sound has a saying to help us remember the correct sound i.e. mmmmmountain; sssssssssnake (indicated in blue below) and a saying to help us remember how to form the letters correctly i.e. Maisie, mountain, mountain; slither down the snake (indicated in italics below).

The short vowels should be kept short and sharp

- a-a-a apple (open mouth wide as if to take a bite of an apple) - Round the apple and down the leaf

e - e-e-e egg (release mouth slightly from a position) - Chop off the top and scoop out the egg

i - i-i-i insect (make a sharp sound at the back of the throat - smile) - Down the body and a dot for the head

o - o-o-o orange (push out lips, make the mouth into o shape) - All around the orange

u: u-u-u umbrella (make a sound in the throat) - Down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle

The long vowel sounds are all stretchy sounds.

These sounds have a caption to help children remember them.

ay: ay, may I play?

ee: ee, what do you see?

igh: fly high

ow: blow the snow

oo: poo at the zoo

oo: look at a book

ar: start the car

or: shut the door

air: that's not fair

ir: whirl and twirl

ou: shout it out

oy: toy for a boy

Reading Schemes

We use a wide variety of reading materials and schemes (including Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club) to support our children with their reading. EYFS and KS1 children take home books each week to read with their parents. We also have online access to Bug Club.

 

We hope that you and your child can have fun learning them!